Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Arizona ACGME-approved cardiothoracic surgery residency. Our residency program is a traditional 2-year program for graduates of a general surgery residency. The program matches one resident per year. The two residents alternate between the cardiac and thoracic surgery services, and there are no non-ACGME fellows on either service to compete for cases. Six midlevel practitioners (ANPs or PAs) support the two services. 

Our program emphasizes cardiac preservation and surgical exposure, creating a favorable atmosphere for operative learning.  We invest time and effort in the CT residents; their office space is embedded within the division, and cases are coordinated to maximize resident experience. Our goal is to have the resident practice-ready once their two years in the program come to a close.


Scott Lick, MD
Professor of Surgery
CT Residency Program Director